David Okpala/Stella Okpala

Akpo (Aguata LGA), Dec. 31, 2020 (MOI) Commissioner for Health, Anambra State, Dr Vincent Okpala has assured Ndi Akpo of Government’s determination to rehabilitate the St. Raphael Hospital, Akpo.

The commissioner gave the assurance, while unveiling a `Vision Chart’, an instrument that ensures self vision screening at St. Raphael Hospital, Akpo, on Dec. 29.

The gadget was donated by the Nigeria Optometric Association, Anambra State Chapter, to ensure good eye sight to Ndi Akpo and environs.

According to the state chapter Chairman the gesture is to say a thank you to Dr Okpala.

“He has contributed immensely to the growth and development of the association.

“It is to provide opportunities to Ndi Akpo and environs to test to ascertain that their eye status at will without incurring costs.”

The commissioner, who spoke through his Personal Assistant, Mr K C Nwaka, thanked the association for the gesture.

He adds: “if after all these efforts and you allow yourself to get blind, you are to blame.

“Avail yourselves the opportunity of coming to this place to test your eyes regularly. It does not matter if you have pains or not.

“You lose nothing by checking your eyes. If it is good, then fine. If it is bad because of problems, then, you will identify it in good time;  it brightens your chances of seeking corrective measures,’’ he advised.

“Anambra State Government is committed to giving Ndi Anambra adequate healthcare.

“We shall work with the Church to rehabilitate St. Raphael Hospital. This is to enable Ndi Akpo and environs to derive their fair share of health benefits from the government.

The health commissioner re-emphasised the dangers of believing that COVID-19 pandemic was a scam.

“Coronavirus pandemic is real. It has killed many and is actively ravaging the world again. So, adhere to all preventive measures as outlined by the Government.

“Put on your nose mask as you go out. Stay away from one another within a distance of at least two metres apart; avoid handshakes.

“Also thoroughly and regularly wash your hands with soap under running water. Use hand sanitisers, where there is no water.

“Do not think you are doing these things for the Government or anybody, but to stay safe,’’ he stressed.

The St. Raphael Hospital, Akpo is owned by St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Akpo.

The hospital has not been functioning for years now resulting in failed equipment and infrastructure.

Free eye tests were conducted and free drugs distributed to people with eye defects.

Beneficiaries include Eunice Muoka, Mary Okpala and Blessing Ekwusigo, all of whom expressed joy, praying to God to bless and keep the state chapter of the association over their offering of humanitarian services. (MOI)

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